Chicagoans didn’t have to travel far to obtain adventure 130 years ago this month — the globe came to us. The celebration was so grand, we hosted it once more 40 years later.
The initial World’s Fair right here, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, was a miracle taking into consideration just 22 years earlier the city was in shambles following the Fantastic Chicago Fire.
But the Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933-1934 may well have been tougher to pull off due to the Fantastic Depression.
Although there are hints of each events nevertheless present about the city, Chicago’s iconic flag design and style forever cements their value — two of its 4 red stars are devoted to the fairs (the fire of 1871 and Fort Dearborn represent the other two stars).
Just before we head into a lengthy, reflective weekend, here’s a appear back at when Chicago became the location for entertaining, new technologies, culture, a tiny sleaze and even a now-well-known serial killer.
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— Kori Rumore, visual reporter
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Chicago rose from the ashes of The Fantastic Fire of 1871 to host the 19th century’s greatest fair. See far more images right here.
To several, New York was the clear option to host the World’s Fair, but Chicago — constantly the underdog — possessed one thing in this competitors that New York did not: grit and determination. Study far more right here.
Navigate amongst the buildings and attractions in what is right now Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. Study far more right here.
On the 130th year given that Daniel Burnham’s sweeping transformation of Chicago’s southern lakefront into the classical alabaster-columned “White City,” the tales of Holmes’ dealings right here, which includes his so-known as “Murder Castle” in the Englewood neighborhood, stay largely sensational tabloid fabrications. Study far more right here.
Firefighters ascended a tower to get closer to the smokestack and extinguish the fire. As they fought the blaze, having said that, an additional fire broke out 70 feet beneath them, forming what the Tribune known as “a pit of fire.” Study far more right here.
Vintage Chicago Tribune
The Vintage Tribune newsletter is a deep dive into the Chicago Tribune’s archives featuring images and stories about the folks, areas and events that shape the city’s previous, present and future.
Technological innovation was the theme of the second World’s Fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934. The title also reflected the city’s centennial and its spectacular development from a frontier settlement to an industrial metropolis. See far more images right here.
In 1929, a group of socially prominent girls pledged to preserve the Chicago World’s Fair scheduled for 1933 from becoming an embarrassing dud. No 1 asked them to assume that burden. To the contrary, the males who planned it snubbed them. Study far more right here.
The fair’s management reasoned that, if regally clad young girls had been an attraction, these devoid of garments would be an even larger draw. Study far more right here.
Of all the amazements accessible to guests to Chicago’s Century of Progress world’s fair that took location along our lakefront in 1933 and 1934 — Sally Rand and her is-she-naked? fan dancing legendarily amongst them — none was far more thoughts-boggling and profitable than what was inside 1 of the buildings on the midway with a sign, “so significant you’d have to be dead to miss it,” touting “Living Babies in Incubators.” Study far more right here.
An architectural wonder of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair may well be on its way to a brighter future — if, that is, somebody is prepared to devote practically $three million to restore it but not personal it. Study far more right here.
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